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  1. I think the press got a bit excited about Sweden and I don't really think it is fair. Doing my public health training there, and having lived there I don't really think it is comparable to other counties. The swedes generally have a lot more trust in their government and their public agencies have a lot more freedom from political intervention. At the start of covid, they issued recommendations that weren't too dissimilar from the UK, self isolate, don't go out other than for essentials, work from home if you can and try to avoid public transport. The difference was they didn't make it l
  2. I think the problem with statistics is without knowing the method and the analysis, they are not quite meaningless but very difficult to make sense of. In the defence of epidemiologists, communicating this stuff is an unimaginable task. Case definitions are nothing more than a pre set criteria, i.e postive swab, or clinical symptoms. I think i't just the swabs and antibodies being reported. My slightly educated guess is all cases are under reported. The swab that goes into your mouth is only about 68% sensitive (IIRC) and there have been quite a few people who clinically have it, but there tes
  3. I'd love nothing more than for you to be right. However, in retrospect in A&Es in Liverpool we were seeing cases of covid mainly in young adults from late January/early February, but there was a bit of denial and no real plan on a national level. It was from March it got really messy and the number of cases at that time point was a huge under estimate, doctors were going through notes and binning swabs from people who were being discharged to save testing capacity. The hospitals were somewhat spared because everything else stopped, wards cleared of elective patients, people staying away fr
  4. Depends how old you are, but the schedule of vaccinations is here.
  5. This guy was a total plonker, he upset and undervalued the work of a lot of doctors. Profit seems to be his priority. Can't say he'll be missed. Pulse article on his resignation.
  6. Totally misread it, ignore my blind eyes
  7. As long as the business case wasn't prepared by Ian Longworth, because we all know how those turn out.
  8. Didn't M&S plan to bring food in by plane once using a C-130? I thought they only needed a rough strip. Not quite the Berlin airlift but still possible.
  9. It feels a bit like Shoprite getting upset because it wasn't a commercial success. Whilst only a personal opinion, it has always felt like they have used it as a placeholder. Closing the cafe hasn't helped the alcove area as the thoroughfare has just become a shelter. The countless rebranding exercises and somewhat disorganised interior can't have helped IMO. Lots of low cost supermarkets don't have parking in the UK, perhaps catering to their demographic (Fulton's, Heron, and often Aldi and Lidl).
  10. The 3FM story seems a little different. I wonder which is correct, attending a stabbing or a meeting following such an event.
  11. I think in many Nordic countries you pay before you see a clinician. It's about £10 for a GP appointment and £30 for an A&E or out of hours service. In Sweden, there is an annual cap on the cost but this depends on the administrative region, so in Stockholm after you've paid £100 in a year all services become free. Personally, I wonder if this is more of a barrier in dissuading those who are reluctant to visit rather than frequent fliers. There seems to be a mantra of saying the service is underfunded but is it really, I think that depends on what our expectations are. I wonder if th
  12. Apologies, I cross-read with Humulin R. I think these figures must be per wholesale unit, and the pre-tax price I've seen from this vaccine is around £4.50, so your figure makes more sense. I suspect some of the monoclonal antibodies will be sold in single units because of their price and limited use e.g. Ustekinumab . I'd guess these figures also only cover the hospital rather than primary care where cheap drugs prescribed more frequently probably constitute a large proportion of the expense. Looks like a communication misfire from DHSC.
  13. Surely these figures can't be correct, the BNF lists the prices per individual dosage of Imuvac as £6.59, I wonder if the person preparing this has looked at the wholesale units rather than individual items. I can't see them only ordering 7 flu vaccines and also I'd suspect many of these drugs are used in far greater than single figure quantities. Lookings like a poor response to a badly worded question.
  14. When I listened to his speech I thought the underlying argument was the abuse of science, selecting only papers (namely Freemantle et al.) that supported his viewpoint and negating those that said anything to the contrary. This undermines scientific principles and he attributes it to the 'post-truth' state of the world. I think he is reasonably well qualified to make those points being a world-leading scientist. SH even attacks the NHS saying there is a need for 7-day services, but the changes to be made should be based on a body of evidence, not just single studies. Again, I think these
  15. There is actually evidence that we're living longer, but more recently the rate has slowed (http://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/about-our-work/marmot-indicators-release-2017). The increase in life expectancy has been attributed to declines in smoking and cardiovascular disease. I think there is a risk of those in manual occupations being unfairly punished with rising life expectancies as social inequalities grow. My other concern would be if retirement ages increase, does it not make it harder for the younger generations to find work? Just because people retire later doesn't mean
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